CHENNAI: A woman, who alleged that she was wrongly diagnosed for a tumour in her abdomen as pregnancy by doctors of Kasturba Government Maternity Hospital at Triplicane has approached the Madras High Court seeking a compensation of `five lakh besides appropriate action against the doctors and other staff members, who had erred.
Justice T Raja before whom the petition from Asina Begum came up on July 27 last, issued notice to the Health secretary, Medical Education director and the hospital director, returnable in two weeks.
Begum, who got married in 2009, said she approached the hospital on April 11, 2016 as she had no regular periods. She alleged that the doctors attached to ANOP unit examined her and declared that she was pregnant. It gave her and her family members great joy as it was the first time she conceived. The doctors also gave a tentative delivery date of November 18, 2016 and ‘valaikappu’ ceremony was performed by the family on October 16, 2016.
While so, as she never developed labour pains, she went to the hospital and doctors, after taking a scan, allegedly said the baby was in good condition and asked her to wait for a few more days. As she developed abdominal pain on November 21, she was rushed to the hospital and to her shock and dismay, she was told by doctors that she was not pregnant and a tumour in her abdomen was wrongly diagnosed as foetus, the woman said in the petition. All the papers related to the consultation with the doctors were removed, she alleged.